Mindfulness is best described as the non-judgmental awareness of your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations in the present moment.

Whatever your current situation looks like, you can use mindfulness to ground and centre yourself anytime, anywhere. Practising mindfulness has been scientifically-proven to reduce stress and lead to better health outcomes and overall happiness. It’s like having your own personal superpower that you can turn to whenever you need it.

We all have the capacity for mindfulness, but it can be developed over time through a variety of practices like guided mediation, going for a nature walk or even while brushing your teeth!

Mindfulness reminds us that all we have is the present moment. Yesterday is gone; let it go. Tomorrow may never come; stop worrying about it. Be present and show up in this moment. It’s the only moment that matters.

"Our adult son has autism and we have received a lot of help from York Support Services Network. They provided me and my son with wonderful social workers that did their very best to guide us through our situation. They gave essential advice along the way and arranged for funding where my son could get some respite care. They also had mindfulness classes and music classes which helped with my mental illness. They gave us so many tips and resources." - Carina S.

Here are some resources to help get you started on your mindfulness journey:

 Guided Meditation

 Listen to Jordan Bach's 7 Minutes to Soul Power guided mediation (audio file)

 York Region Trail Guide
 Watch an introduction to the York Region Trail Guide (video)
 Mindfulness Exercise: Brushing Your Teeth
 Practise a mindfulness exercise while brushing your teeth (video)
 Dialectical Behaviour Skills and Mindfulness
 Learn how to increase mindfulness skills (pdf file)